You can hear it thundering across every corner of the campus in South Bend.
It emanates from the shining Golden Dome, descends from the Touchdown Jesus, and rings out from the stands of the great stadium every Saturday. Pounding away like the militant rhythm of the drums of war, one might even say the sound "echoes" throughout the crisp fall air that whips through the old brick, ivy covered buildings and crackles and rustles with the orange and red leaves that litter the rolling landscape.
But these are not those echoes. The sound is the resonance of the cries that have reached an angered fever pitch after 15 years of constantly disappointing football futility with no improvement in sight to end the unyielding misery.
For many years a Notre Dame football season was considered a failure if the team did not make it to a major bowl game. With 11 national championships and a lineage that includes some of the greatest players and coaches to ever strap on the pads or roam the sidelines at the college level, the watermark was annually high to say the least. And aside from a few periods of struggle in their lengthy history, the Irish usually met or exceeded expectations. And most importantly, those aforementioned periods of struggle were always short-lived and successfully corrected.
But 15 years after Bob Davie replaced the legendary Lou Holtz at the helm of the Irish, the struggles continue, worsen, and show no signs of being corrected or letting up.
Calling for the firing of Charlie Weis is not a novel concept. Much in the same way Davie and Tyrone Willingham were under fire for a large portion of the their time in South Bend, the glow from the honeymoon period and his two BCS appearances in his first two seasons has long worn off Coach Weis. After Saturday's home loss to UConn, and on Senior Day no less, the degeneration of this once proud program has hit its gruesome crescendo and Weis' time has come to its inevitable end.
Losing to an absolutely horrible Michigan team crushed the lofty hopes of another season far too early. Falling to an inferior (in comparison to years past) USC team reminded the faithful that despite the prolific offensive talent nothing has really changed in South Bend. Getting smacked by Navy for the second time in three years caused explosive embarrassment, even given the futility of the recent years. But losing to a 4-5 UConn team on Notre Dame's senior day simply elicited mass anger and disgust. The fans, alumni, and boosters are beyond embarrassment, beyond disappointment. They are simply pissed and fed up.